James Rizzo is part of a network of young Turkish and European leaders from all sectors who come together once a year to engage in intensive dialogue and to share views and ideas about topical social issues. The Turkey Europe Future Forum takes place alternately in Turkey and Germany, as well as in other European countries.
James Rizzo is heading the Istanbul office of Stiftung Mercator since February 2018. Prior to that, he worked as Political Desk Officer at the Turkey unit of the European Commission Directorate-General Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations (DG NEAR) where he covered political aspects in EU-Turkey relations. From 2014 to 2016, James was a delegate of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Luxembourg to the Council of the EU’s Working Groups on Enlargement and on the Western Balkans, notably during the Luxembourg Presidency in the second half of 2015. He also worked in the private sector in Berlin as a consultant for a variety of international clients. James Rizzo studied Political Science in Freiburg im Breisgau (BA) as well as Contemporary European Studies at the Universities of Bath, Berlin and Siena (MA).